Proud apprentices’ poppy sculpture on display in Chesterfield

Poppy Sculpture in town centre

Engineering apprentices from Hope Construction and Tarmac studying at Chesterfield College are proud to see their poppy sculpture on display in the town centre as part of the Chesterfield Borough Council’s Remembrance events.

The poppy was created last year for the centenary of Armistice day and has been on display in various places in college and the WorldSkills exhibition in Birmingham. The students who created it are delighted that it will now play a role in local Remembrance events. It is on display in the Pavements before going to the town hall in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Working as a team, Mechanical Engineering machined component parts such as the commemorative plaque along with Fabrication and Welding who produced the leaves/petals and then constructed the sculpture itself before Vehicle Accident Repair students painted the final construction. Electrical Engineering then provided the final touch with a light fitting which uplights the sclupture.

Dan Repton, Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at Hope Construction said: “ When were asked to create this last year it felt so important to make sure we came up with something really special. It was a real team effort and it was good to work with students from different areas of the college. It is very different to what we have to do at work every day. We are all used to banging bits of metal about but working on this showed us how we can use our skills to create something really intricate. The feedback we have had from passers-by now the sculpture is on display in the town centre makes us very proud and I am glad that we could play a part in honouring those that gave their lives for us.”

Pictured: Liam Garner, Dan Repton, George Woodward and Jack Nuttall

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